On the heels of a bombshell report into abuse in the Catholic Church, investigators are said to be focusing on leaders in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The cases marked the first time it had allowed its mother lode of child sexual abuse files into the hands of anyone outside the organization.
The documents detail the accusations of two sisters who say they were sexually assaulted by their father when they were growing up.
The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses has boldly defied court orders to turn over the names and whereabouts of alleged child sexual abusers across the United States.
Here’s a quick rundown of the major findings from our running investigation into the religion’s efforts to hide child sex abuse.
A panel of judges in Philadelphia has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses used an “abusive tactic” to delay a trial in which a woman accused the religion’s leaders of covering up her abuse as a child.
Under the “theocratic warfare” doctrine, Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed to hide the truth from anyone outside of the religion – including in legal matters such as child sexual abuse cases – if doing so protects the organization.